The Internet of Things Will Make Millions Selling Your Personal Data


Tech companies that make connected devices like FitBits and Nest thermostats are in an plum position. They rake in revenue every time someone buys their product, leaving the freeloaders to Facebook and Twitter. But the real prize isn't the cost of the device, it's your personal data. » 4/19/14 2:24pm Saturday 2:24pm

Auto-Pause When You Fall Asleep Is the Best Netflix Hack

Falling asleep while watching Netflix is the worst. Invariably you miss all the meat of whatever you're watching, and snap awake to the closing credits (or your morning alarm). Ugh. But a bunch of Netflix engineers have a (theoretical) solution: a Fitbit hack that pauses your stream when the wearable senses you've… » 2/28/14 10:34am 2/28/14 10:34am

Sony's SmartBand Activity Tracker Is Real and Coming In March

Back in January at CES, we got a very brief look at Sony's first activity tracker, dubbed The Core. It's a tiny little pod that can be worn on your wrist in its SmartBand, or tucked discreetly into your pocket. The CES announcement was really just a tease, but finally a few more details have been unloosed, including… » 2/24/14 2:45am 2/24/14 2:45am

Fitbit Flex, Your New IPS Monitor, And Also Batman [Deals]

Big holiday meals beget ambitious New Year's resolutions, so you should treat yourself or your loved ones to a tool that helps you shed a few pounds and live a healthier lifestyle. The Fitbit Flex, normally $100 and rarely discounted, is available for $68 today from Best Buy using code bloggers15off. [Best Buy via » 12/10/13 1:55pm 12/10/13 1:55pm

Fitbit Force Review: A Health Tracker You'd Actually Keep Wearing

Last year, the Fitbit One was our favorite fitness tracker. It had a great design, solid accuracy for steps and floors climbed, and a nice screen. The only problem was that it was so easy to accidentally leave in a pair of pants. To combat this, the company created the Fitbit Flex, its first wrist-worn product.… » 10/30/13 3:00pm 10/30/13 3:00pm

The Fitbit Force Hands-On: Ahh, This Is More Like It

Fitbit did a lot of things very right when it made the One, its tiny activity-tracking pod. But then the company—caving to peer pressure from the likes of Nike—made the Fitbit Flex wristband. There's nothing wrong with that form-factor, but the Flex lost a lot of the functionality that made the One so great, and it… » 10/10/13 9:00am 10/10/13 9:00am

Fitbit Flex Review: Peer Pressure Sucks

Fitbit's One is arguably one of the best activity trackers available today and, yet, less than seven months since it hit the street, Fitbit has decided that a stripped down version worn on the wrist was something the market's been clamoring for. Back in '77, Bert Lance first uttered the immortal phrase "If it ain't… » 5/07/13 4:31pm 5/07/13 4:31pm

Fitbit Flex Hands On: The King's Reign Might Be Over

We just got a few minutes with Fitbit's new Flex activity tracker. From the look of it, they've basically just reengineered the One, made it smaller, taken out the altimeter and shoved it into a wristband. Double tap the band and a stream of five tiny LEDs notify you of how many goals you've reached for the day. So if … » 1/07/13 10:19pm 1/07/13 10:19pm

Fitbit Flex Gives Nike's Fuelband a Run for Its Money

We liked the Fitbit One activity tracker, but there was some convenience lacking. While its pebble-like form-factor was very discreet, it meant you always had to take it out and put it in a special arm band if you wanted to monitor your sleep, then return it to your pants in the morning. And which pants did you forget… » 1/07/13 9:00am 1/07/13 9:00am

BodyMedia's Fitness Tracker Pretties Itself Up

BodyMedia fitness trackers have always been the ugly ducklings, because, well, they're ugly. Thankfully, that's about to change. The new Core 2 fitness tracker keeps tabs on a whole lot of metrics, and it's a lot easier on the eyes. » 1/06/13 3:00pm 1/06/13 3:00pm

Fitbit One Review: A Great Way to Monitor Your Wretched Laziness

Last month we reviewed the Fitbit Zip, which was basically a glorified pedometer. The Fitbit One is the Zip's big brother, and successor to the very popular Ultra line. Is the feature-filled gadget worth a hundred bucks? » 10/24/12 3:40pm 10/24/12 3:40pm

Fitbit Zip Review: The Tiny Anti-Flab Motivator

I've been walking around with a Fitbit Zip in my pocket for the last week, most of the time forgetting it's there. Then remembering, looking, and realizing how lazy I've been. Is this activity-monitoring gadget the kind of thing that can get you into shape, or is it just more junk in your jeans? » 9/19/12 6:40pm 9/19/12 6:40pm

Fitbit's New, Cheap, Anti-Lazy Gadgets Are Adorable

Remember Fitbit, makers of tiny activity-tracking gadgets for health and fitness? Well, the 2012 models are here and they're smaller, cheaper, and better than their last thingies. After all, fitness-tracking shouldn't be limited to big-pocketed rich people, right? » 9/17/12 1:41am 9/17/12 1:41am

Nike's Fuelband Is an Awesome Fitness Wristband for Your Entire Life

Nike+ was a super sweet tool for runners to keep track of their workouts. But what about the rest of your life? What if Nike+ could keep track of that? That's what the brand new Nike+ Fuelband, an evolution of Nike+ in a simple Livestrong-styled wristband, tries to do. » 1/19/12 11:47am 1/19/12 11:47am

New Fitbit Ultra's Got an Altimeter and an iPhone App to Make You Less…

Gamification is kind of annoying, but if it manages to help melt away the slug of a human person I've become, I'm willing to reconsider. The new Fitbit Ultra's altimeter makes taking the stairs a quantifiable achievement. » 10/03/11 9:41am 10/03/11 9:41am